Tsitsit, Tassles, Fringes, Should We Wear It?

As an Israelite-Natsari or YAHUwan or Messianic (whichever label you prefer), no doubt there were people we've come across wearing tsitsit/tzitzit. These are four (4) tassles or fringes dangling on a person's clothing, usually placed on their pants, with a blue and white colour.

As a Natsari, should we wear tsitsit? The short answer is, yes, we should as it was commanded in Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40. The long answer, that is our discussion today in this post.

Tzitzit as a Reminder of the Torah

In Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40 ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (pronounced as "yah-hu-ah"; transliterated as "YAHUAH", "YaHuWaH", or "YHWH") Himself instructed us to wear tsitsit. Here is the instruction from three different translations.

38 Speak unto the children of Yisra'el, and bid them that they make them tsiytsiyt in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the tsiytsiyt of the borders a ribband of blue: 39 And it shall be unto you a tsiytsiyt, that ye may look upon it, and remember ๐ค€๐ค• eth-all the commandments of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40 That ye may remember, and do ๐ค€๐ค• eth-all my commandments, and be holy unto your ELOHIYM.

Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40 [eth-Cepher]

"38 Speak to the children of Yisra'el, and you shall say to them to make tsitsit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue cord in the tsitsit of the corners.

"39 And it shall be to you for a tsitsit, and you shall see it, and shall remember all the Commands of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ and shall do them, and not search after your own heart and your own eyes after which you went whoring, 40 so that you remember, and shall do all My Commands, and be qodesh unto your Elohim."

Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40 [HS]

"38 Speak to the children of Yisra'el, and tell them to make themselves tsitsit on the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the tsitsit of each border a cord of blue: 39 and it shall be to you for a tsitsit, that you may look on it, and remember all the commands of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you used to whore; 40 that you may remember and do all My commands, and be set-apart to your Elohim."

Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40 [LEV]

๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH) was clearly instructing the children of Yisra'el. We have learned that anyone who is a Natsari is a children of Yisra'el. The native born of course, and the foreigners who were grafted-in to the olive tree of Yisra'el are no longer gentiles but partakers of Yisra'el. Men, women, children.

The tsitsit or tassles or fringes, are to serve as a reminder to us of all the commands of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH), to do and obey His instructions, and not to follow after our own heart and eyes.

1 My son, do not forget my Torah,
And let your heart watch over my Commands;

2 For length of days and long life
And peace they add to you.

5 Trust in ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

6 Know Him in all your ways,
And He makes all your paths straight.

Mishlei (Proverbs) 3:1-2; 5-6 [HS]

But we already have the Set-apart Ruah (Holy Spirit)!

True, there is no question about that. Yahuhanan (John) 14:26 has this to say about the Set-apart Ruah (Holy Spirit).

"But the Helper, the Ruah ha'Qodesh, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you."

Yahuhanan (John) 14:26 [HS]

But think about this. Our Messiah, ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (pronunciation: yah-hu-shua; transliteration: Yahushua; also read: Why Yahushua?) continued to wear His very own tsitsit even after He received the Set-apart Ruah!

20 And a woman who had been suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the tsitsit of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, "If I only touch His garment, I will be saved." 22 But ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค turning and seeing her said, "Daughter, take courage; your faith has saved you." The woman was saved that very hour.

Mattithyahu (Matthew) 9:20-22 [LEV]

35 And when the men of that place recognised Him, they sent out into all that surrounding country, and brought to Him all who were sick,

36 and begged Him to let them only touch the tsitsit of His garment. And as many as touched it were completely healed.

Mattithyahu (Matthew) 14:35-36 [HS]

And wherever He went, into villages, or cities, or the country, they were laying the sick in the market-places, and begged Him to let them touch if only the tsitsit of His garment. And as many as touched Him were healed.

Markus (Mark) 6:56 [HS]

43 A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, [who had spent all her living on physicians,] and could not be healed by any, 44 came behind Him, and touched the tsitsit of His cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped.

Lukas (Luke) 8:43-44 [LEV]

Warning

However, in Mattithyahu (Matthew) 23:5, our Messiah ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (Yahushua) warned us about doing things to or for show, he made an example of the Pharisees. In other words, if you are going to wear tsitsit for the purpose of broadcasting to the world that you are "holy", it is much better that you do not wear one.

"And they do all their works to be seen by men, and they make their t'fillen wide and lengthen the tsitsit of their garments."

Mattithyahu (Matthew) 23:5 [HS]

And if I may add, wearing a tsitsit means that you are constantly reminded of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH)'s Torah and all the teachings of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (Yahushua). If, for example, you intentionally lie—what is commonly called a white lie—don't you think that you are condemning yourself?

Even if you do not wear a tsitsit, as some insists that "it has been done away with" despite the verses presented above, do you think the Set-apart Ruah (Holy Spirit) will be pleased and wouldn't leave you or condemn you of your intentional "white" lies?

Conclusion

Wearing a tsitsit is what we can consider one of the least of commands. However, we were instructed to follow all His commands, from the greatest to the least. In addition, there are no verses to support that we were commanded not to wear a tsitsit anymore. On the contrary, ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (Yahushua) Himself continued to wear His own tsitsit throughout His earthly ministry.

๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (Yahushua) taught us to follow Him, in His footsteps, to be like Him. If He wore a tsitsit, then we should too! ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (Yahushua) earthly ministry was not only about saving us. He could have just headed straight and die for us. Instead, He walked on earth and showed us how to live and how to obey our Father ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH).

Be Wise!

However, a fair warning. Let us be wise when wearing a tsitsit. If in your work there is a prescribed dress code, for example in a service type of job like in hotels, ask if you can wear a tsitsit, or you can simply put it inside your outer garment, which some brethren do. Or, if you are going to a country where any faith, especially, Abrahamic faiths, are frowned upon or might put you in danger, don't wear a tsitsit publicly.

Our faith is not suicidal. Our faith does not require us to be foolish. But if it is your calling to proclaim His Word and gift of salvation in these places, then go with your calling, if wearing a tsitsit publicly will help in your ministry, why not?

Point being, be wise. It is not about being ashamed of our faith. It is not about lying (the only way you can lie is if they asked you and you were not honest). Each of us were called to do different things and to be in different places. If it was not your task to proclaim His goodness in countries where you might get captured and killed, then don't. If you are in such a place for work, say you are a member of the press, then do your job as a press.

Think of it this way, if you were captured and tortured, do you think you are ready to stand on your faith to a very slow death? Or are you going to say, "I denounce ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (Yahushua)"? Remember, we were warned, those who save themselves will lose their lives. Many did just that, they denounced ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค”๐ค…๐ค (Yahushua) to save themselves, only to be killed right after they finished their denouncement.

I strongly believe that our Father ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH) won't let us be in such a life and death situation if we are not ready to stand firmly on our faith with Him. Look at Iyob (Job), Abraham, the apostles, and many of the early Natsarim! (It does not mean if you're ready you'll be subjected to such.)

That's being wise. Stay strong. Stay alive. Stay safe. Keep studying!


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